Movie review: IT

Horror movie falls short of expectations


Kyle Gehman

IT is a horror movie that follows the adventure of a group of kids trying to discover the reason for disappearances in their town. The villain is a clown called Pennywise.

by Kyle Gehman, Editor-In-Chief

For weeks horror fans were on the edge of their seats awaiting the release of the movie IT. However, the expectations definitely outweighed the actual movie itself, which earns a 2 out of 5 rating.

The original storyline comes from the book written by Stephen King that was then adapted into a miniseries show in the 90s. It follows the story of seven kids who live in a small town in Maine that is plagued with the disappearance of people. When one of the seven kids has their little brother go missing, he makes it his mission to find out what happened to him. The friends are brought together after each receive a horrifying vision usually involving a circus clown. The movie follows their quest to find the little brother, as well as find out who is terrorizing their town.

The movie itself had a great story line and an amazing villain; however, like most other horror movies, it just was too unrealistic. So many elements were so unbelievable it just failed to be scary and there were even laughs in the theater. Although there were many jump scares, too much of the movie was too fictional, and some scenes were almost cartoonish. It looked less like a film and more like a sketch. Also, the movie could have condensed some scenes to make it less drawn out with fans wanting to see more.

IT did have it’s good parts, though. A lot of the movie was suspenseful and had viewers either leaning forward in anticipation or back in preparation for the jump scare waiting to happen. It was also comical with its humour regarding teenagers faced with this kind of situation. For people with phobia of clowns, this movie would be a scary movie because the laugh and face of the evil clown definitely stays in your mind even if sometimes he’s unrealistic.

Overall, the movie was above average for a horror movie. But, the reason it receives such a low rating is because the hype it was brought up in from the advertising as well as fans in general, oversold it.